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Main street to become Main Street

Anna Pakulniewicz 19 January 2018

Anna Pakulniewicz


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Ania covers the Baltic states’ real estate markets, architecture and urban planning in Warsaw as well as interior design. She is also the co-founder of Eurobuild TV. Among others, she has been employed by TVN CNBC, PAP Insider, WBJ (The Observer), Poland Monthly and IMM. She graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, majoring in international relations. She has also completed postgraduate studies in macroeconomic analysis. In addition to this, she studied Lithuanian philology

Main street to become Main Street
Villem Tomiste was the winner of the second stage
ESTONIA After decades of prioritising cars over pedestrians, Tallinn city council has embraced a plan to transform a now-congested 1.5 km stretch of road into a lively urban hub.

The Peatänav [Main Street] project is aimed at creating a pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly urban space in the heart of the city, replacing the multi-lane roadways that currently exist. To establish a place for meeting and spending time, rather than just a busy car thoroughfare avoided by both citizens and tourists.

The soon-to-be-redesigned street spans 1.5 km from Vabaduse väljak [Freedom Square] along the current Pärnu road, Viru väljak and the Narva road. One of the objectives of the Main Street project is also to link the Old City Harbour with the city centre, thus extending the city to the waterfront and turning its now fragmented centre into a cohesive unit.

The design competition was held in two stages. The first stage was completed in May 2016, when the ‘Spring in the City’ project was announced as the winner. The winning team was lead by Toomas Paaver of Linnalahendused in cooperation with Kavakava Architects. As part of the transformation of the city centre, this phase of the project is to highlight missing sections of the Bastion belt that used to surround the Old Town centuries ago during the Swedish overlordship of the country. Villem Tomiste was the winner of the second stage. This design involves ​​renovating Kanut Garden Park, while also significantly improving pedestrian access along Hobujaama street.

The contest was organised by the Estonian Architectural Center together with the City of Tallinn. It is being supported by AS Tallinna Sadam, AS Viru Keskus, Porto Franco OÜ, NG Investeeringud OÜ and Capital Mill OÜ, among others. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2020.

Villem Tomiste's project

Projects of the first stage of the competition

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